Beck: White House Concerts = Monarchy

Glenn Beck went on one of his classic rants after the Obamas hosted a White House concert honoring the greats of soul music. And they ate cake! They ate cake! That means they’re just like Marie Antoinette and America is headed for a monarchy!

httpv://youtu.be/rYdZ4g0XdrI

I’m sure Beck said the same thing when George W. Bush hosted a show with Ricky Martin, 98 Degrees, Jessica Simpson, Destiny’s Child, Lyle Lovett, Clint Black, Marcia Ball, Reckless Kelly, Asleep at the Wheel, Tanya Tucker, Mark Chesnutt, Lee Greenwood and ZZ Top in 2001, right? And when Toby Keith was there for the 36th production of Performance at the White House. And when Herbie Hancock, Anita Baker, Wayne Shorter, Nnenna Freelon, Clark Terry, Lisa Henry and Bobby Watson performed for the Bushes in 2007. Wait, you mean this didn’t start with the Obamas? How about that.

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  • Maureen Brian

    Just send the silly man this list – at the top of page 1 when I googled, so maybe send him some notes on google too.

    http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/reference/entertainers.html

  • John Phillips, FCD

    That maroon is certifiable, yet in Murrika he’s a multi millionaire. Go figure.

  • birgerjohansson

    Glenn Beck is such a douche even Bill O’Reilly seems to dislike him. Or maybe he just sees him as a business rival.

  • John Phillips, FCD

    @ birgerjohansson, the difference between the two, at least in my opinion, is that O’really, now’s he’s peddling garbage, but hey, it pays well. Beck on the other hand…

  • John Phillips, FCD

    now’s = knows. DOH!

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    I’m not going to send several millions of the remaining gigajoulemeter of braincells that I got left, but, just looking at the screen cap of that video? Bek’s lookin’ at that image of (I’m guessing) King George–the one that was mentally verklempt and it’s not with disapprobation, it’s ENVY, BABY, IT’S ENVY!!

    If I could follow his KKKrazzetrain of thought it would prolly be somethin’ like:

    “That mofo is wearin’ some badass sash and medals. He was teh loony–Hey, so am I, I see a bookjacket photo in the offing!

  • slc1

    I’m sure Beck said the same thing when George W. Bush hosted a show with Ricky Martin,

    The Bushes hosted a show with RickyMartin! The uncloseted gay Ricky Martin! The horror!

  • http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/ Quodlibet

    The concerts are associated with the PBS series “In Performance at the White House,” established in 1978. Here’s a list of all the concerts since then:

    http://www.pbs.org/inperformanceatthewhitehouse/pdf/IPWH_past.pdf

    Carter administration – 5 performances

    Reagan administration – 17 performances

    Bush I administration – 3 performances

    Clinton administration – 10 performances

    Bush II administration – 5 performances

    Obama administration – 6 performances through Feb 2011, the latest entry on this list, plus 3 more since then if I interpret the info on the web site correctly.

    These concerts are broadcast free on PBS – that anyone may enjoy them.

    Here is a very interesting timeline of musical events at the White House, beginning in 1801:

    http://www.whitehousehistory.org/whha_timelines/timelines_musical-performances.html

    This seems to include only highlights; for example, it includes only a few of the concerts listed at the “In Performance” site.

    Here is a much more detailed timeline of musical events at the White House:

    http://www.whitehousehistory.org/whha_timelines/timelines_music-01.html

    Most germane to this thread are the entries from the 1950s forward:

    http://www.whitehousehistory.org/whha_timelines/timelines_music-04.html

    For all his faux-scholarly affect, Mr Beck doesn’t seem to have a taste to conduct even the most rudimentary research. But most of his listeners are probably of the same bent.

  • grumpyoldfart

    I love the dramatic pauses emphasized with uncomprehending shakes of the head and punctuated with a sad (yet somehow brave) “tsk tsk”.

    Beck is one of the world’s great actors.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    I was talking to a guy about a year after Obama’s first theft of the presidency and he said that all Obama wanted to do was have bands play at the WH (which was why he was doing NOTHING about MurKKKa’s REAL problems). I said, “What are you talking about? every president has had concerts in the WH since at LEAST the mid-19th century. He said that Obama only had HIS kind of music. I said, “Oh, so, you’re a fucking racist.”. We haven’t spoken since and I don’t expect we will be doing so.

  • http://composer99.blogspot.ca composer99

    It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that pretty much every US President has hosted musical performances in the White House, along with other social functions since the US became an independent polity.

    Yet, somehow, when Obama’s the one doing it, that’s when the US is “headed for a monarchy”.

    I have a feeling Glenn Beck is full of shit.

  • http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/ Quodlibet

    The concerts are associated with the PBS series “In Performance at the White House,” established in 1978. Here’s a list of all the concerts since then:

    http://www.pbs.org/inperformanceatthewhitehouse/pdf/IPWH_past.pdf

    Carter administration – 5 performances

    Reagan administration – 17 performances

    Bush I administration – 3 performances

    Clinton administration – 10 performances

    Bush II administration – 5 performances

    Obama administration – 6 performances through Feb 2011, the latest entry on this list, plus 3 more since then if I interpret the info on the web site correctly.

    These concerts are broadcast free on PBS – that anyone may enjoy them.

    Here is a very interesting timeline of musical events at the White House, beginning in 1801:

    http://www.whitehousehistory.org/whha_timelines/timelines_musical-performances.html

    This seems to include only highlights; for example, it includes only a few of the concerts listed at the “In Performance” site.

    Here is a much more detailed timeline of musical events at the White House:

    http://www.whitehousehistory.org/whha_timelines/timelines_music-01.html

    Most germane to this thread are the entries from the 1950s forward.

    For all his faux-scholarly affect, Mr Beck doesn’t seem to have a taste to conduct even the most rudimentary research. But most of his listeners are probably of the same bent.

  • Dunc

    Beck is one of the world’s great actors.

    No, he’s not. He’s a gigantic ham. He makes William Shatner look understated. Also, great actors can cry on demand without resorting to Vick’s.

  • scienceavenger

    @9 HIS kind of music? As I recall, the first time I saw Obama speak in a large forum, his entrance song was U2. His kind indeed. I thought “finally, my poeople have come”, and I’m four shades of European.

    Also, Marie Antoinette wasn’t famous for eating cake, she said “Let [emphasis mine] THEM eat cake.” Except she probably didn’t. Beck is even too ignorant to be a good bigot.

  • peterh

    There have been concerts & performances at the White House since . . . . well, since there was a White House.

    And Marie, as I recall, said ‘brioche’ which is more like bread than cake.

  • apatrick0516

    I wonder how deep this guy had to dig in his ass to pull that out.

  • jnorris

    Mr Beck whines because he was not invited. Nor do I think he will ever be invited by this president and I hope by all future presidents

  • Scr… Archivist

    I wonder how many of Glenn Beck’s writers and “researchers” are liberal plants. There will be a tell-all best-seller one of these days, and maybe a movie deal. Mark my words. ; )

  • cheesynougats

    I think it is beyond time to call Poe’s Law on this; it is impossible any longer to be sure this isn’t satire.

  • Synfandel

    Philip and I are not amused. Release the corgis.

  • dan4

    How exactly do you get “monarchy” from “White House concert honoring soul music?”

  • sezme

    What’s with the skull and crossbones on the rug?

  • lofgren

    I would be way more worried about a monarchy if there was another Bush or Clinton on the throne.

  • lofgren

    How exactly do you get “monarchy” from “White House concert honoring soul music?”

    It feels a little bit like fiddling while Rome burns. Of course this would probably have been true on half the days since this country’s founding.